Monday, February 19, 2018

Skiing at Heavenly

Skiing in Heavenly can be highly variable. Saturday we had sunshine, warm temperatures, and slushy snow.

At the top of Gunbarrel Express chair lift. Franziska is doing great.

On Sunday, strong winds closed half of the mountain, and made -- in combination with falling temperatures -- taking a break uncomfortable. Ominous clouds were with us all day long.

Snowfall finally started in the late afternoon.
Monday morning we had a couple inches fresh snow.

On the mountain, temperatures were in the single digits Fahrenheit. It was cold. The snow was nice, but compacted pretty quickly on the trails.

Did I mention it was cold? I'm not equipped for skiing in that kind of weather, since California skiing is usually much more like on Saturday.

The drive home turned into a 7-hour exercise in patience. It started snowing again, the roads were slick, and many cars got stuck on minor inclines. It took 2 hours alone to get out of South Lake Tahoe. Chain control was in effect over Echo Pass to Twin Bridges.

Nevertheless, the whole family had fun and enjoyed themselves.

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